Past Elections

Past elections were overseen by an Elections Task Force appointed by the Board of Directors; results were accepted by the Board.

Letter to Members about our Spring Election, July 22, 2014 (text below)

Dear Member-Owners and Staff –

We’re writing as a board to provide a quick update on the major agenda items being considered by the Board of Directors of the Davis Food Co-op this week. First off: we’ve followed up on the bylaw eligibility issue regarding director-elect Ben Pearl (see below), and Ben has been seated to the Food Co-op board of directors. Secondly, in order to accommodate the discussion required to resolve this bylaw eligibility issue, we’ve moved our closed-session discussion regarding the search for a new general manager to a closed-session meeting on Saturday, July 26th.

1. In our board meeting on Monday night, July 21st, and in accordance with updated advice received from the Davis Food Co-op’s bylaw attorney, Therese Tuttle, the board moved to rescind its decision of June 30th (see our July 3rd “Letter from the Board Regarding the Election Results”), and instate director-elect Ben Pearl to a board seat. We’d like to thank you for your patience as we’ve worked to fully resolve this issue.

2. In order to honor the time necessary to resolve the above bylaw issue, and on balance respecting our responsibility to the ongoing general manager search process, the board decided on Monday to move our discussion regarding general manager selection to Saturday, July 26th, prior to a previously-scheduled board training session. The board will hold this discussion in closed session (as originally planned), in accordance with our board policy to discuss personnel issues in closed session and out of respect for the privacy of our GM candidates. The meeting is scheduled for 9 AM in the Teaching Kitchen. All members in good standing are welcome to attend and comment before the board adjourns to closed session.

Again, thank you for your ongoing patience as the board moves through these important items on the DFC’s agenda. We’re working hard to honor our responsibility to you as member-owners. If you have any ideas, questions, or concerns, please direct them to our board correspondence officer, Ben Pearl. Contact information for all board members can be found on the Davis Food Co-op website.

We’ll look forward to updating the membership early next week with our decision regarding the search process for a new DFC general manager.

In Cooperation,

The Davis Food Co-op Board of Directors

Final results accepted by Board of Directors on 6/19/14

8,526 shareholders were in good standing on 6/6/14, the last day of the election. As of 6/9, 953 ballots were counted from eligible voters.

Directors elected to three year terms:
Karen Rich Firestein, 475 votes;
Steve Reynolds, 378 votes;
L. Edward Clemens, 361 votes;,/p>

Elected to a two-year term as Director: Ben Pearl, 339 votes.

Elected to one-year terms as Alternate Directors:
First Sandra F. Schickele, 329 votes;
Second Ken Bradford, 299 votes

Also running:

Terrence Lott, 284 votes; Edward Diggs, 231 votes; Vincent P. Ortiz, 228 votes; Ruben F. Arevalo, 193 votes; Michael (Mike) Simpson, 134 votes.

Final results accepted by Board on 6/3/2013

Directors elected to three year terms:
Bernie Goldsmith, 503 votes
Diane Parro, 467 votes
Brietta Oaks, 404 votes

Alternate Directors (First and Second, respectively) for one year terms:
Ed Clemens, 359 votes
Scott Lay, 343 votes

Frank Fox (write in) received 58 votes

Final results accepted by Board on 6/4/2012

Directors elected to three year terms:
Desmond Jolly, 656 votes
Zoë Plakias, 487 votes
Bija Young, 441 votes

Director elected to one year term (created by resignation):
Bernie Goldsmith, 400 votes

Alternate Directors (First and Second, respectively) for one year terms:
Ed Clemens, 331 votes
Travis Breckon, 314 votes

Withdrawn candidate also receiving votes:
Karen Mo, 495 votes

Four undeclared candidates received votes (undeclared candidates cannot be elected):
Richard Livingston, Ken Wagstaff, Brett Lee & Willee Roberts all received one vote each. There was also one vote for "None of the above."

8,902 shareholders were in good standing on 5/25; 928 ballots have been counted, for a turnout of 10.4 percent. Our Bylaws state that a quorum for a regularly scheduled ballot is five percent of shareholders in good standing.

Voting has ended as of May 25, 2012 at close of business. The election calendar was adopted by the Co-op Board of Directors, by unanimous vote at the meeting of December 5, 2011. Ballots and Voter's Pamphlets were delivered to addresses on file of shareholders in good standing (as of March 31, 2012); delivery for Davis area addresses seems to have been mostly on 4/26 and 4/27/12.

Final results accepted by Board on 6/20/11

Janie Booth received 760 votes, Stacie Frerichs received 727 votes and Ben Pearl received 572 votes, and all were elected to three-year terms. Franklin D. Fox received 392 votes and was elected First Alternate; Travis Breckon received 41 votes† and was elected Second Alternate. Sarah J. Palmer received 32 votes. 4 shareholders voted for “None of the Above.”

Final results accepted by Board on 6/3/10

Dina Biscotti received 788 votes, Stephen Reynolds received 777 votes and Theodora Consolacion received 748 votes, and all were elected to three-year terms. Rebecca Hager receieved 661 votes and was elected to a one-year term filling M. Ulrich’s seat. Kevin Wolf received 659 votes and was elected First Alternate; Franklin “Frank” Fox received 270 votes and was elected Second Alternate. Michael Pach received 170 votes. 5 shareholders voted for “None of the Above.

Proposition 1: Initiative Date of Record

Yes (votes, percent)

892

93.3%

No (votes, percent)

64

6.7%

Useful links

The annual election of Directors will be held between the first day of April and last day of June, inclusive, per our Bylaws.

DFC Voting Instructions

DFC Elections Policies

Instructions on how to change your vote

Please contact Membership Director Doug Walter if you want to see past Voters Pamphlets

Open page on DavisWiki about 2013 Co-op Election
A wiki is a web page that anyone can edit, to express their opinions or ask questions.

Election Comparison, 1999 to 2015

Shareholders in good standing at close

Voters

Turnout

Highest # of votes for Director

Number of Propositions

1999

4,465

703

15.74%

483

two

2000

4,765

870

18.26%

647

two

2001

4,756

574

12.07%

434

seven

2002

4,894

478

9.77%

296

none

2003

6,109

667

10.92%

403

none

2004

6,498

672

10.34%

467

three

2005

6,907

782

11.32%

600

none

2006

7,203

806

11.19%

559

none

2007

7,415

1,373

18.52%

574

one

2008

7,858

1,180

15.02%

734

none

2009

8,208

842

10.26%

587

eight

2010

8,666

1,236

14.26%

788

one

2011

8,890

971

10.92%

760

one

2012

8,902

928

10.42%

676

none

2013

8,524

794

9.31%

503

none

2014

8,526

953

11.18%

475

none

2015

8,173

712

8.71%

414

none

Notes:

1999: boycott renewal on the ballot.

2000: renewal+initiation of a new boycott (hundreds of shareholders signed petition about Procter & Gamble).

2001: a bevy of Bylaws changes; only the one about loans was controversial.

2002: turnout suffered from an error that excluded Full-Share Partners from the mailing list.

2004: Bylaw changes were notably uncontroversial.

2007: Loan proposition was notably controversial.

2008: Director elections were controversial as fallout from 2007.

2009: a bevy of Bylaws changes; state election during vote also had lousy turnout.

2010: Directors had some controversy about boycotts

2011: Bylaw “wasn't from either side”